Questions Specific to Your Type of Dog
Q71: WORK ON ALL DOGS?: Does Don Sullivan’s “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” System work on all dogs?
A: Yes. No matter what type of dog you have; no matter his age, breed, size, intelligence, personality, instinct, or past history, you can achieve amazing success.
Physiologically, dogs can be very different, yet psychologically there are some key elements which connect them all. Don’s System recognizes these connecting elements and uses them as a foundation for effective communication.
There are many fallacies regarding the training of dogs. For example, it is a common belief that you cannot begin in-depth training with a puppy until he is 6 months old. Puppies as young as 9 weeks old, whilst they may be physically underdeveloped, are intellectually capable of understanding and responding to Don’s System.
It is also a fallacy that, “You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” Yet, using Don’s System, even stubborn old dogs, seemingly well set in their ways, can be trained to a level that you would expect from a much younger dog.
Don’s System exposes the error of many typical dog training myths.
Q72: SECOND DOG MORE CHALLENGING: We didn’t do much training with our first dog, but he turned out pretty good. Why is our second dog proving to be such a challenge?
A: Don Sullivan: Every dog is an individual. Some dogs are born with more compliant natures. With limited instruction, these dogs will be generally obedient to the average person, yet they will not necessarily reach the point where they can be fully trusted in all situations e.g. off of a leash and under distraction, unless an effective training System is used. Therefore, my question to you is, “Could you have taken your previous dog to a park, removed his leash, told him to lie down and stay, and walked away to hide, trusting that he would remain there while other dogs, people and squirrels wandered by?” This is a good test of true obedience. Basically, would your dog have obeyed when he would have rather not? Most people answer, “No,” to this question and then realize that their previous dog was not as obedient as they thought.
Your new dog is proving to be more difficult because he has a more willful personality. It did not take him long to determine that he could rule over you without being seriously challenged. Nevertheless, using my System, you will be empowered to take control and quickly establish order and harmony within your household.
Q73: UNTRAINABLE DOG?: Is there such a thing as an un-trainable dog?
A: It is extremely rare that a dog would actually be un-trainable, but unfortunately it is far too common that dogs have been deemed un-trainable after having gone to typical obedience school. Shockingly, many people have shared stories of how they were kicked out of their dog training classes because their dogs were TOO UNRULY! Most dogs that have been labeled as unable to be trained simply do not respect the attempted training method. You will achieve amazing results, quickly, if you use Don’s System, the method that dogs are born to understand and respect.
Q74: IS MY DOG TOO DUMB TO TRAIN? DO DOGS REMEMBER WHEN THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG?: Is it possible that my dog is not “smart” enough to learn Don’s System? If my dog does something (e.g. chews the couch) while I am gone, will he remember what he has done when I get home?
A: All dogs, even 9 week old puppies, are intelligent enough to be trained using Don Sullivan’s “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” System. And they all have a great memory; they certainly remember when they have done something against the “rules,” even if you discover it days later!
Using Don’s System, all dogs are capable of learning to respond to their owners; even when off of a leash, and even when there are lots of distractions and temptations. A dog that is perceived to be lacking intelligence or memory is simply a dog that has learned that it does not have to respond to human instruction.
Don Sullivan: Don’t be misled by studies that try to determine the smartest breed. These studies give the false impression that certain breeds are easier to train. I always tell people, “Find me the world’s supposed dumbest dog and I’ll show you an intelligent dog, within minutes!” I can’t number the times that people have said to me, “Oh, but you haven’t met our dog,” yet minutes later they are astounded when I quickly reveal their dog’s true potential!
Q75: PART WOLF: Will this System work on a high content hybrid wolf? My wolf dog is very food driven
A: One of the first things that Don Sullivan will teach you is how to break the habits of a food driven dog. The wolf operates in, essentially, the same nature of a pack hierarchy as the domesticated dog. Don Sullivan’s System will give you the knowledge and tools to have your hybrid dog/wolf respecting you in a short period of time.
Q76: DISCLAIMER: I noticed a disclaimer on your infomercial which referred to “Pit Bulls and other dogs that have been bred to be aggressive.” Can you explain the purpose of this?
A: Don Sullivan: “Let me begin by saying that over the years I have trained many Pit Bulls and other dogs that would be classified by others as “dangerous breeds,” and I thoroughly enjoyed these dogs once they completed their training. Whilst we can find very passive and submissive dogs within any litter of pups, including breeds that have been singled out by general society as “dangerous,”many dogs, of varying pure breeds and mixes, both small and large, are born with more dominant natures and have the potential to be aggressive toward human beings and/or other dogs. However, it is how these dogs are dealt with by their owners, and the others within their home pack environment, that determines whether these dogs will eventually outwardly display aggressive behavior or not.
It is obvious that, in general, the more powerful the physical structure of the dog, the more damage it can potentially cause. This is why certain breeds have appeared more prominently in the news over the years. However, this gives society a false impression that it is only these types of dogs that are potentially aggressive. There are more than 4.7 million reported dog bites annually in the United States, however the majority of dog bites are never reported to local authorities. Many of the bites are caused by smaller dog breeds and are not reported because the damage they cause is less significant. (Although, this in no way diminishes the importance of training smaller dogs to control their behavior).
The above is explained more thoroughly in the article on the “Method” page of this website.
The statement that appears on the screen that you referred to was added to protect those who may own or come into contact with dogs with extreme dominant natures, that have not been properly dealt with.
There is also the sad reality that certain dog breeds are deliberately bred and trained to be fighting dogs, Pit Bulls being one of them. Some of these dogs are fortunate enough to be rescued from their horrific circumstances, yet many of the well meaning people who help these dogs do not know how to effectively reprogram them and the dogs end up being a potential danger to those they come into contact with. This is another important reason for the disclaimer.
There is a similar, more in-depth disclaimer at the end of this frequently asked questions section.
My System provides all the information and tools one needs to effectively resolve most aggression issues in most dogs, as long as my instructions are followed thoroughly. Nevertheless, there are cases to be found where a dog’s training has been so neglected, or where a dog’s aggressive nature has been so provoked, or where a dog has been born with psychological instabilities, such that my training methods will subdue the dog but will not completely reprogram the dog. Whilst these cases are very much the minority, it is still necessary to warn people of their existence.
There is only a limited amount of space and time that can be allotted to various disclaimers. Also, we do not want to discourage dog owners by unduly exaggerating the potential risks, so certain disclaimers are kept to a minimum. Our disclaimers are not intended to single out or discriminate against any particular dog breed, but rather convey the essence of an important message within a brief period of time.”